Covenant of Gratitude – 11/25/18

Covenant of Gratitude November 25, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Psalm 118:1, Colossians 3:12-17 Its 1620. The Pilgrims – they called themselves Separatists – wait on the Mayflower for permission to go ashore and start their new settlement. Realizing the need for 100% commitment and unity before embarking on the

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Rebirth – 11/18/18

Rebirth November 18, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson Text: Job 38-42:6 At some point the darkness lifts.  It always does.  The night turns to dawn which turns into a glorious sunrise.  Endless days of Ohio Valley clouds break and glorious sun shines through.  The winter snow melts and daffodils punctuate the

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Sitting Shiva – 10/28/18

Sitting Shiva  October 28, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: Job 23    The Psalmist writes:  Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there;  If I make my bed in the depths, you are there;  If

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On Suffering – 10/14/18

On Suffering  October 14, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: Job 1:1, 2:1-10    Saturday morning over coffee, Rev. Nosheen Khan, who is visiting Eastminster Presbytery from Pakistan, told this story about a member of the Christian community in Gujranwala, the Pakistani city she calls home and where she works

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From Disorder to Order – 10/7/18

From Disorder to Order  October 7, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: James 5:13-20; 3:16-17    I know we just read the end of James, but I’m still stuck in the middle – back in chapter 3 to be exact, chapter 3 verse 16 to be even more precise:   

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The Sin of Entitlement – 9/30/18

The Sin of Entitlement  September 30, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: James 3:13 – 4:8, John 8:1-11; Genesis 3    Purity, peaceability, gentleness, a willingness to yield, merciful, the bearing of good fruits.      Words, concepts, phrases all seemingly in short supply this last week – these last months

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A Gentle Tongue – 9/23/18

A Gentle Tongue  September 23, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: James 3:1-12; John 4:7-42; Proverbs 15:1-4    First some advice.  Then a story.    The advice comes the book of Proverbs:  A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger  The tongue of the wise

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Faith without Works – 9/16/18

Faith without Works  September 16, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: James 2:1-17; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 18:23-35    Judging from the stories on Nor Always Right, a web site where waitresses can post stories about rude or abusive customers, Sunday lunch is one of the worst shifts to work in

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Welcome, Listen, Change – 9/9/18

Welcome, Listen, Change  September 9, 2018  Rev. Fritz Nelson    Text: James 1:17-27    First, a parable:    A sower went out to sow.  And, as he sowed, some seed fell up the path and the birds came and ate them up.  Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they

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